Friday, 20 June 2014

Happy Midsummer

I was hoping for my annuum from Brazil to turn red. But I'm still waiting. I'm not sure how much the temperatures matter for the pods to ripen. We're having a cold midsummer, so it won't be the heat that makes these pods red... :-) For the moment, we're having 12 degrees C...



Anyway! We're going to have a hot midsummer. But in another sense. :-)

Wishing you a great weekend!
   Mats


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Aci biber sosu

My Turkish is not so good, but I think this translates to Hot Pepper Sauce :-)

I got this sauce from my friend Mikael, who was in Istanbul a while ago. I'm used to the Mexican and Brazilian hot sauces, but this one was a little different. I enjoyed the distinct and peppery taste. It was hot, but not too hot.


Now I need to figure out in which cooking it fits best. A nice task!

Hot regards,
  Mats

Monday, 16 June 2014

Annuum from Brazil

Well, usually I'm crawling on the balcony with my macro lens. The Sunday was filled with sunshine, and I felt a little lazy...

So here is my no-name annum from Brazil, that I call small red hot... It's full with flowers and pods that I soon will start turning red. It looks like a really nice one. Really looking forward to sampling one of the ripe pods.


Maybe for Midsummer. Just a couple of days left :-)

Wishing you a hot week!

Regards,
  Mats

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Trying to fix a chinense with a plaster

Good morning!

We have had a couple of days with really strong winds. It's been a thriller to see how the plants almost lie horizontally in the wind. I expected more "victims" than the two broken plants, that I ended up with.

Yesterday we tried to fix the broken chinense with a plaster. A technique that worked last year. But since the winds continued all through the day, I guess it never got a chance to heal. So this is how it looked this morning.

As you see, not a major problem. It's more a technique for fixing broken plants, that I wanted to share with you. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Today is a new beautiful day :-) So - I'm wishing you all great Sunday.

Regards,
  Mats

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Lunch

Perfect on crisp bread!

It is really such a luxury to be able to pick ripe peppers from the balcony. 

In case you have missed it :-) Dedo de moça is a favorite of mine. I picked two ripe ones from the overwintered plant. Saving a few for next weekend. There will be a gap until this years chiles will be ripe, so I better not eat them all right now.

The peru yellow is also a nice one. Not so hot, but really great just as it is.

Hot regards,
  Mats

Saturday, 31 May 2014

What a week

A week ago, we had temperatures around 25C. Perfect for the pepper plants.

Then we got some winds from the north. And we had night temperatures around 6C. Daytime around 10-13C.

To spice that up a little, the winds have been strong.

Saying that. It's a mess on the balcony. But it's not too bad. It could have been worse. Some broken branches, and many leaves that have blown away.

I used chairs to support the plants in the strong winds, and I think that is what actually saved them from total destruction.

Later on today I will go and inspect the damages. I hope I will get a positive surprise :-)


It's amazing. Even the 2+ metre Capscium baccatum is still standing :-)

Phew. Life as a chile pepper balcony farmer is more dramatic than you can imagine :-)

Wishing you all a nice weekend!
   Mats

Monday, 26 May 2014

Peru yellow

An update from the balcony. Also, the peru yellow that I overwintered is getting ripe pods. That's absolutely wonderful :-)

Now, I'm waiting for the "new ones" to set fruit. My annuum from Brazil has some pods, but it will take a while before they will be ready to be picked.
More about that later...

Have a great week!
   Mats